4 dead whales wash up on Outer Banks and Virginia in past 2 weeks


    <p>Courtesy of Corolla Beach Rescue{/p}

    COROLLA, N.C. (AP) — Four dead whales have recently beached along the Outer Banks and Virginia, concerning scientist over the rising death toll.

    News outlets report a humpback was found dead Sunday in Corolla, North Carolina. Crews found hemorrhaging near the back of its head under the skin, a sign of a ship strike. Another humpback was found not far away Sunday. A third turned up dead last week near Oregon Inlet. A dwarf sperm whale was also found two weeks ago.

    Karen Clark, with the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla, says two or three humpback whales a year typically wash ashore dead between Ocracoke and Corolla. A report says 84 humpbacks died along the eastern seaboard in the past three years, causing it to be declared an "unusual mortality event."

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